It was a particularly horrid weekend in southeast Idaho, with two fatal car accidents and one with what appear to be some pretty rough injuries. But it wasn’t all wrecks! Blackfoot police are also investigating a family shooting from Wednesday that left a 19-year-old man in bad condition. Yikes, everybody.
- The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Wednesday shooting of 19-year-old Blackfoot man, Dakota Oleson, who officials say was shot by his 16-year-old brother. The nature of the shooting is still under investigation, but the family is saying the shooting was a complete accident. Sheriff Dave Johnson said these types in incidents are rare in rural Idaho, as most people know about gun safety early on. The victim is expected to make a full recovery, and his family expects him to be released from the hospital within the week. But the family’s big message? Be safe with your guns, obviously. [LN8]
- An Idaho Falls woman is dead after a late-night car accident Friday. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office is still looking into the single-car accident, but they believe the car, a Dodge Durango, lost control around a curve, striking a fence and nearby bridge on Fifth West in Idaho Falls. The woman, Martine Nelson, 40, was pronounced dead on the scene when she was partially thrown from the vehicle. Investigators believe speed contributed to the accident. Nelson was not wearing a seat belt. [LN8]
- Another Idahoan is dead after another strange car accident. Cassia County Sheriff Randy Kidd said the fatal crash, that sent another person to the hospital, happened around 7 p.m. Friday night in the parking lot of the McCain Food USA plant west of Burley. Kidd said the crash is still under investigation, so details are scarce, but according to Morrison Funeral Home in Burley, a 59-year-old Albion man, Santiago “Ed” Maestas, died of injuries sustained in a Friday car accident. That’s really all we know. More information should come in due time. [TN]
- A rollover on Sunday morning near Jerome sent two more people to the hospital with unknown injuries, although it sounds like it could be bad. Idaho State Police investigated the rollover, which happened at the 164 mile marker on I-84 at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday. According to ISP, the driver, 36-year-old Shannon Mitchell, of Idaho Falls, was driving east in a pickup. He drifted off the left side of the road and over-corrected, rolling the truck, which ended up landing upright in the median. His passenger, 36-year-old Dawn Mitchell of Salt Lake City, was ejected from the truck. Both were taken to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries. Police don’t believe conditions or alcohol were a factor. Neither were wearing seat belts.